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List of Green Bay Packers starting quarterbacks

Love in uniform wearing a Packers hat
Jordan Love was the Packers starting quarterback for every game of the 2023 NFL season.

The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers have competed in the National Football League (NFL) since 1921, two years after their original founding by Curly Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun.[1] They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) and play their home games at Lambeau Field in central Wisconsin.[2][3] The early era of the NFL and American football in general was focused on rushing the football, with the forward pass not being legalized until the early 1900s and not fully adopted for many more years. Although the quarterback position has historically been the one to receive the snap and thus handle the football on every offensive play, the importance of the position during this era was limited by various rules, like having to be five yards behind the line of scrimmage before a forward pass could be attempted. These rules and the tactical focus on rushing the ball limited the importance of the quarterback position while enhancing the value of different types of backs, such as the halfback and the fullback. Some of these backs were capable of rushing or passing the football, making it common for multiple players to attempt a pass during a game.

As rules changed and the NFL began adopting a more pass-centric approach to offensive football, the importance of the quarterback position grew. Starting in 1950, the NFL began assigning total wins and losses to a team's starting quarterback, the only position that this has been done for. Throughout the late 20th century and early 21st century, the significance of he position has grown exponentially. The modern starting quarterback is often viewed as the leader of the team and its player spokesperson. The position is often the highest paid player on an NFL team's roster, with team's assigning significant resources in trying to draft, acquire or trade for a franchise quarterback. These resources are based on the high expectations placed on the position, which include handling the ball on every offensive play (whether it be to pass the ball or hand it off to another player), relaying plays (or sometimes calling plays themselves) to the offense and understanding every teammate's role, formation and responsibility for every play. The emergence of he dual-threat quarterback has also seen additional focus on the position, with quarterbacks like Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen leading their team in both passing and rushing yards during any given game.[4]

Prior to 1950, the Packers had numerous players identified as playing the quarterback position, including Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Arnie Herber.[5] However, the combination of unreliable statistics in the early era of the NFL and the differences in the early quarterback position make tracking starts by quarterbacks impractical for this timeframe. Since 1950 however, the Packers have had 33 starting quarterbacks in the history of their franchise. Five of those quarterbacks though have started over 75% of the team's games, with varying levels of success. Tobin Rote, the team's primary starter in the 1950s and the Lynn Dickey, who started in the late 1970s and early 1980s, saw little on-field success. However, Bart Starr, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers all led the Packers to Super Bowl victories, with Starr winning five NFL championships in the 1960s. All three quarterbacks were named the NFL's Most Valuable Player at least once in their careers.[6] Favre started the most games as quarterback for the Packers, both in the regular season (253) and during the playoffs (22).[7] Favre never missed one start with the Packers, contributing to his NFL record of 321 consecutive starts by a quarterback.[8] After Favre was traded to the New York Jets, Rodgers took over as starting quarterback, a role he would hold for 15 seasons.[9][10] Combined, from Favre's first start in 1992 to Rodgers' last start in 2022, the two quarterbacks started 476 out of 495 possible regular season games. After Rodgers was traded to the Jets in 2022, the Packers named Jordan Love starting quarterback for the 2023 NFL season.[11] Love started all 17 regular season games and 2 playoff games for the Packers in 2023.[12]

Starting quarterbacks

Playing card showing a picture of Rote in uniform
Tobin Rote started 73 games as the Packers quarterback in the early 1950s.
Starr in uniform tossing a football underhanded
Bart Starr won five NFL Championships as the Packers starting quarterback during most of the 1960s.
Favre in uniform jogging on a football field
Brett Favre started 275 straight games (regular and postseason combined) for the Packers from 1992 to 2007.
Rodgers in uniform wearing his helmet
Aaron Rodgers' .661 regular season winning percentage is the highest of any Packers quarterback (minimum 10 starts).
Key
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
* Inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame

Regular season

Green Bay Packers starting quarterbacks in the regular season
Quarterback Seasons with the Packers Seasons as starting QB Games started Record Refs
W L T %
Zeke Bratkowski * 196371 196668, 71 9 4 4 1 .500 [13]
Carlos Brown 197576 1976 3 0 3 0 .000 [14]
Jack Concannon 1974 1974 2 0 2 0 .000 [15]
Jim Del Gaizo 1973 1973 3 1 2 0 .333 [16]
Lynn Dickey * 197685 197677, 7985 101 43 56 2 .436 [17]
Anthony Dilweg 198990 1990 7 2 5 0 .286 [18]
Brett Favre † * 19922007 19922007 253 160 93 0 .632 [7]
Matt Flynn 200811, 1314 200811, 13 6 3 3 0 .500 [19]
Joe Francis 195859 1958 1 0 1 0 .000 [20]
John Hadl 197475 197475 19 7 12 0 .368 [21]
Don Horn 196770 196970 6 4 2 0 .667 [22]
Brett Hundley 201517 2017 9 3 6 0 .333 [23]
Scott Hunter 197173 197173 29 15 11 3 .569 [24]
Randy Johnson 1976 1976 1 1 0 0 1.000 [25]
Blair Kiel 198891 199091 2 0 2 0 .000 [26]
Jordan Love 202023 202223 18 9 9 0 .500 [12]
Don Majkowski * 198792 198792 49 22 26 1 .459 [27]
Lamar McHan 195960 195960 11 7 4 0 .636 [28]
Don Milan 1975 1975 1 0 1 0 .000 [29]
Babe Parilli 195253, 5758 195253, 5758 14 3 11 0 .214 [30]
Alan Risher 1987 1987 3 2 1 0 .667 [31]
John Roach 196163 1963 4 3 1 0 .750 [32]
Aaron Rodgers 200522 200822 223 147 75 1 .661 [10]
Tobin Rote * 195056 195056 73 26 46 1 .363 [33]
Bart Starr † * 195671 195671 157 94 57 6 .618 [34]
Jerry Tagge 197274 197374 12 6 6 0 .500 [35]
Bobby Thomason 1951 1951 4 0 1 0 .000 [36]
Scott Tolzien 201315 2013 2 0 1 1 .250 [37]
Mike Tomczak 1991 1991 7 2 5 0 .286 [38]
Seneca Wallace 2013 2013 1 0 1 0 .000 [39]
David Whitehurst 197783 197779, 81 37 16 20 1 .446 [40]
Randy Wright 198488 198488 32 7 25 0 .219 [41]
Jim Zorn 1985 1985 5 3 2 0 .600 [42]

Postseason

Green Bay Packers starting quarterbacks in the postseason
Quarterback Seasons with the Packers Seasons as starting QB Games started Record Refs
W L %
Lynn Dickey * 197685 1982 2 1 1 .500 [17]
Brett Favre † * 19922007 199398, 200104, 07 22 12 10 .545 [7]
Scott Hunter 197173 1972 1 0 1 .000 [24]
Jordan Love 202023 2023 2 1 1 .500 [12]
Aaron Rodgers 200522 200916, 1921 21 11 10 .524 [10]
Bart Starr † * 195671 196062, 6567 10 9 1 .900 [34]

See also

References

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  2. ^ "2023 NFL Division Standings". NFL.com. Archived from the original on June 4, 2022. Retrieved January 4, 2024.
  3. ^ Lewis, Robert (December 4, 2023). "Lambeau Field". Encyclopædia Britannica. Archived from the original on September 12, 2023. Retrieved January 4, 2024.
  4. ^ Epstein, Jori (January 26, 2024). "How Josh Allen helped Chiefs prepare for '3D' threat in Ravens' Lamar Jackson". Yahoo.com. Retrieved March 1, 2024.
  5. ^ Christl, Cliff. "Arnie Herber". Packers.com. Archived from the original on October 3, 2023. Retrieved September 20, 2023.
  6. ^ "AP NFL Most Valuable Player Winners". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on January 3, 2024. Retrieved December 18, 2023.
  7. ^ a b c "Brett Favre Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  8. ^ Hodkiewicz, Weston (November 26, 2015). "Favre: Green Bay's 'Ultimate Iron Man'". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved March 1, 2024.
  9. ^ Nickel, Lori (March 9, 2008). "Rodgers preparing to assume control". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on October 7, 2008. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  10. ^ a b c "Aaron Rodgers Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on July 6, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  11. ^ Vitali, Carmen (August 24, 2023). "Jordan Love is the Packers' starting QB. Here's why he's playing every preseason game". FoxSports.com. Archived from the original on August 28, 2023. Retrieved September 1, 2023.
  12. ^ a b c "Jordan Love Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on August 31, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  13. ^ "Zeke Bratkowski Stats". Pro-Fotball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on October 22, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  14. ^ "Carlos Brown Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on October 7, 2022. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  15. ^ "Jack Concannon". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on January 29, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  16. ^ "Jim Del Gaizo Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on March 27, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  17. ^ a b "Lynn Dickey Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on April 19, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  18. ^ "Anthony Dilweg Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on October 2, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  19. ^ "Matt Flynn Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on April 21, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  20. ^ "Joe Francis Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on February 9, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  21. ^ "John Hadl Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on December 21, 2007. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  22. ^ "Don Horn Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on October 9, 2022. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  23. ^ "Brett Hundley Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on October 31, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  24. ^ a b "Scott Hunter Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on January 21, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  25. ^ "Randy Johnson Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on August 14, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  26. ^ "Blair Kiel Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on April 16, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  27. ^ "Don Majkowski Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on April 16, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  28. ^ "Lamar McHan Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on October 30, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  29. ^ "Don Milan Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on January 21, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  30. ^ "Babe Parilli Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on September 29, 2022. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  31. ^ "Alan Risher Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on October 11, 2008. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  32. ^ "John Roach Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on March 26, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  33. ^ "Tobin Rote Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on March 18, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  34. ^ a b "Bart Starr Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on March 20, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  35. ^ "Jerry Tagge Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on March 17, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  36. ^ "Bobby Thomason Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on March 22, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  37. ^ "Scott Tolzien Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on September 24, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  38. ^ "Mike Tomczak Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on May 16, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  39. ^ "Seneca Wallace Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on May 1, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  40. ^ "David Whitehurst Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on February 2, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  41. ^ "Randy Wright Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on October 15, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  42. ^ "Jim Zorn Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on July 19, 2023. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
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